Vegetable Seed – How Long do They Last?

02/29/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Storing seed is easy to keep in an air tight container out of direct sunlight.  They may not look like it, but seeds are very much alive for years to come. However they don’t remain so forever. How long seeds…

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Testing Old Seed Viability

02/29/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Most seed packets come with more seed that we can use in a season. They are easy enough to save, but few gardeners store them in ideal conditions. That means planting them the following year can be a bit disappointing.…

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Cabbage Patch – Grow your own!

02/24/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

These heads wear many hats – red, wrinkled, crinkled, upright and strong. Cabbage grows best in fertile, rich soil with good drainage, consistent moisture, and full Arizona sun. Cabbage is best grown in early spring when the weather is cool…

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Time to Plant Sweet Pea!

02/24/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

 – Combine fragrance, intense flower color and its climbing habit makes Sweet Peas a favorite of local gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Known for the more perfumed varieties, sweet peas are often described as smelling like a mix of honey and…

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Weed and Grass Stopper

02/22/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Apply before the next weather system hits. This granular seed killer will keep the worst of early spring foxtails, dandelions, and horehounds from emerging in rock lawns and flowerbeds. Preventer must be applied before the weeds emerge or it will…

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11 Most Nutritious Seed for Sprouting

02/18/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Sprouts are by far more nutrient dense than their mature plant versions. This is because a seed is not just a baby plant, it is also a tiny package of nutrients and enzymes ready to spring into action at germination.…

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8 Steps to Pruning Overgrown Fruit Trees

02/17/2016 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener As February is the ideal month to prune and plant fruit trees, we are loading up on local favorites here at the garden center. The most consistently producing fruiters in the mountains of Arizona…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Garden Alert – Pocket Gophers at Destructive Levels this Spring

02/16/2016 Ken Davis

Contact: Ken Davis Watters Garden Center kendavis@wattersgardencenter.com cell 603-456-3581 NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Garden Alert – Pocket Gophers at Destructive Levels this Spring (February 12, 2016 ) Prescott, Arizona – Pocket gophers are digging up local gardens at an…

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5 Winter Evergreens to Plant Now

02/07/2016 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If you need plants that look good in all four seasons, you’ll benefit from the list that follows. Most bloom in the spring, look great in summer, then turn fall colors, but never drop…

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Some Seeds Need Light to Germinate

02/03/2016 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener When I was a young man a dear friend taught me to plant seed to a depth that is three times its thickness.  That means that chubby bean seeds or peas should be planted…

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